by Scott Creighton
In a new vein of war-mongering, the Washington Post has a report out claiming that Iran provided artillery shells to Libya under the Gadhafi regime for use with mustard gas, a chemical weapon of mass destruction. The claim published by the Mockingbird Press agent Washington Post, is devoid of any photos of these shells and each official whom they quote in the story chooses to remain anonymous, due to the “sensitive nature of the accusation”. The shells were supposedly discovered by the Libyan al Qaeda linked “rebels” who clearly have a great deal to be thankful to the NATO countries that put them in power. The obvious conflict of interest on these claims cannot be ignored considering how little actual evidence they have presented so far and the fact that no US official will go on record with these claims.
“The discovery of the shells has prompted a probe, led by U.S. intelligence, into how the Libyans obtained them; several sources said early suspicion had fallen on Iran. “We are pretty sure we know” the shells were custom-designed and produced in Iran for Libya, said a senior U.S. official, one of several who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the accusation.” Washington Post
The article does include a room full of canisters, the photo taken from above so you can’t see any writing on the sides of the canisters and therefore you can’t tell what kind of gas (if any) was actually contained in them at one time. Several of the canisters have had the tops knocked off and you would think that a canister containing the deadly agent would be color coded in some way which would make it stand out as dangerous, but none of those in the photo have that kind of paint on them.
Regardless of how ridiculous and contradictory to basic journalistic standards the Washington Post article is, dozens of other Mockingbird Press outlets have taken up the story and are running with it. Each outlet is carefully crafting their headlines with words like “might” and “may have”.
The Libyan mustard gas meme had recently been used by chief warmonger John McCain to help justify regime change in Libya back when Gadhafi was still in power and the NATO backed al Qaeda linked “rebels” were still terrorizing the country. McCain claimed that Gadhafi had weapons of mass destruction, mustard gas shells, and therefore he needed to go. Interestingly, the article that McCain’s claim appeared in showed a photo of a stock pile of mustard gas shells in order to support McCain’s claim. However, the photo was not of Gadhafi’s alleged mustard gas stockpile, it was of ours, the mustard gas stored at Pueblo chemical weapons storage facility.
Below is a screenshot of the article which appeared in Business Insider on Aug 22nd of this year.
As you can see, the photo they used is not marked as a stock photo of US mustard gas… but rather they simply imply that these are the shells possessed by the Gadhafi regime. The photo comes from this article and it is of chemical weapons held by the United States.
Leave it to Russia Today to point out some relevant facts that the Mockingbird Press corps strategically leave out.
“Iran has since signed the Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to destroy its entire stockpile of chemical weapons. This was done under the supervision of international inspectors.
Libya, which also produced mustard gas, shut down its program during its rapprochement with the West in the 2000s. However, the Gaddafi regime did not have enough time to destroy all its stockpiles by the time civil war broke out earlier this year.” Russia Today
Over the past few months we have seen several attempts to demonize and marginalize the current Iranian regime. From the ridiculous story about the assignation plot to the recent rehashing of old news by the IAEA, it seems that everyone is bound and determined to come up with something they can throw against the Iranian wall and get it to stick. Nothing so far has been successful and this latest bit of sophomoric propaganda will be no different.